United States President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Dr Jill Biden wished the country on Thanksgiving Day, but noted the grief the coronavirus pandemic has brought for many Americans. 

Biden appealed to Americans to restrict their holiday festivities, saying that throughout his life, he has been accustomed to large family gatherings on Thanksgiving. 

But this year, Biden said he will be spending the holiday with Dr Jill Biden, their daughter Ashley and her husband, Howard Krein.

Earlier, in an op-ed for CNN, the Bidens wrote: "This Thanksgiving, tables throughout our country will have an empty chair. Still, like you, our family will hold on to our most important tradition: taking a moment to count the many reasons we have to be grateful."